Ampy Shanty’s grand opening celebration will feature free refreshments and music from local artists Penny Hill and Magnificent Bird. While the store will first open its doors at noon, the party will commence that evening as a part of Norman’s Second Friday Art Walk.
In the Gingeriches’ other store, Anty Shanty, the rule of 80 percent local support has played out. The announcement of Ampy Shanty on Facebook got an amazing number of hits, he said.
“There’s a need for this, and I really believe it’s because of our involvement in the community that we’re able to see such a warm reception before we even open our doors,” he said.
Gingerich said he is not daunted by the idea of competing with large chain stores.
“I feel like, really for one, it’s not directly competing because there’s always going to be a lead for locally owned,” Corey Gingerich said. “There’s not a model to serve locally source items to a local community on a national scale.”
The resale shop also will purchase quality products.
“We’ll be buying, also. We buy everything outright,” he said. “The big caveat on that is we are really sticklers for quality.”